CHAMP OF THE CAMP
Official trailer release for the first film ever permitted to be shot in the labor camps of the Arabian Gulf region
From the multi-award winning team behind "Grandma, a Thousand Times"
comes "Champ of the Camp", a feature-length creative documentary which
enters the lives of the contestants in a massive Bollywood singing
competition taking place each summer deep in the labor camps of Dubai.
Told (and sung) entirely in the voices of the laborers, the film is the
first project ever permitted to be shot in these isolated,
industrial-sized living facilities for the millions of sub-contintental
men who come to build the dream cities of the Arab world while
supporting their societies and economies back home.
With devastating candor and charming humor, these men from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh speak of their struggles and triumphs. With unique access into all facets of their day-to-day life, we explore the passion for music in a life of manual labor and the special power of Bollywood song to make a hero of each man.
Director: Mahmoud Kaabour
Producer: Eva Star Sayre
Director of Photography: Benjamin Pritchard
Editors: Alan Mackay and Arwa Merchant
The film is a Veritas Films production (www.veritasfilms.ae), in co-production with Creative Kettle, with the financial support of Doha Film Institute and Screen Institute Beirut.
Camp Ka Champ ('Champ of the Camp' in Hindi) is a singing competition held annually in the UAE since 2007. The competition is originated and executed by Right Track Advertising, and sponsored by Western Union and Etisalat.
We are delighted to announce our co-production role on the upcoming documentary "Kismet," about the phenomenal global cultural force of Turkish soap operas.
We are delighted to announce our co-production role on the upcoming documentary "Kismet," about the phenomenal global cultural force of Turkish soap operas. Veritas Films is working with European producers Forest Troop and Anemon Productions, with funding and pre-sales from broadcasters including Al Jazeera, ARTE, SVT, YLE, and Channel 8. The film is to feature sections in the UAE.
"Kismet" features unprecedented access to the Turkish soap opera industry’s most glamorous actors and creative talent, including the lead actors of Noor, Fatmagul, Magnificent Century, Thousand and One Nights, and more. The film explores how these TV series have conquered the hearts of millions of viewers in the Middle East, North Africa, the Balkans, South America and Asia, transcending religion and culture.
"Kismet" is expected to be completed in Autumn 2013.
Watch the trailer at Kismet trailer
Five Year Anniversary
Veritas Films is proud to announce that five wonderful years have passed since our launch in 2008 as the GCC’s first non-fiction specialist production house.
From our launch in 2008 as the GCC’s first non-fiction specialist production house, Veritas Films has survived and thrived through impossible deadlines, 55 degree filming days, giant night bugs in the desert, and one famously cranky 84-year-old diva (we love you, Teta!). Our films have shown everywhere from giant custom-built screens in Emirates Palace to the tiny screens of airplane seat backs, and in theaters from Tokyo to NYC.
Thank you, dear friends, for your love and support. Here’s to another 5 years of success!
DFI's Doc Tutorials
Veritas featured in DFI documentary tutorials
Creative Director Mahmoud Kaabour and Business Director Eva Sayre were each featured in the Doha Film Institute’s latest informational web tutorials on documentary editing and distribution.
Watch the videos at distribution and editing.
Grandma, a Thousand Times
Now on LinkTV
Our multi-award-winning "Grandma, a Thousand Times" (Teta, Alf Marra) is now available worldwide for free streaming on LinkTV. Enjoy!
Read more about this film at Our Work